Liverpool forking out nearly £800k-a-week of wages on injured players

Liverpool are paying nearly £800,000-a-week on wages for players that are not even on the pitch due to injury.

The Reds have suffered a huge slump in form, winning just four of their last 14 games in all competitions to sit 19 points behind league leaders Manchester City.

But Jurgen Klopp has been battling an injury crisis that has kept centre-back Virgil van Dijk and forward Diogo Jota out of the squad.

With seven first-team members currently on the bench, it has left the Anfield side looking depleted in recent games.

Those players, though, have certainly not had their pockets depleted as Liverpool have continued to pay £800,000-a-week in wages to them.

The biggest individual fee has been taken by Van Dijk, with the Dutchman getting £180,000-a-week.

He has been out since getting an ACL tear in the Merseyside derby last October, recovering in Dubai and just coming back to training.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson played his last eight top-flight games in the Dutchman’s position before a groin injury ruled him out for four weeks.

But the man who lifted the Champions League and Premier League trophies over the last two seasons will still get £140,000-a-week during his injury period.

The same will be paid to James Milner, out since the middle of the month with a hamstring risk against Leicester.

He is not going to be out for much longer, though, as Klopp confirmed he would be back in first-team training next week.

Joel Matip is the second defender on the sidelines, now in his fifth different injury spell this season.

Missing 20 games with fitness problems, he has continued to take home £100,000-a-week as part of his Liverpool contract.

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  • While Fabinho, another midfielder turned defender for the campaign, has taken the same fee but is getting back to first-team training.

    The big return in Jota, having been out of action since the draw against Midtjylland in December.

    With £90,000-a-week in his contract, the man with nine goals in his first 17 games for the Reds has now trained twice.

    Klopp said: “We have to see what we can do with that. But in training he looks really promising.”

    The last player on the injury bench in Joe Gomez, who has been out since November with a “serious knee injury” picked up on England duty.

    And he has been getting £28,000-a-week while getting back to his fitness for the last three months.

    Despite players returning from injury, pressure is still high on Klopp as the boss has been warned of the moment when his sacking could be a reality.

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